Storytelling is an age-old tradition in many indigenous cultures. But worldwide, the knowledge of ancient stories is decreasing among indigenous youth, as is the ability to speak their native language and the skill of storytelling.
On 14 February, residents and leaders of the Resguardo Indígena Cañamomo Lomaprieta were targeted by a new armed actor defacing the walls of community buildings, and outlining threats in pamphlets under household doors.
El día 14 de febrero, los residentes y líderes del Resguardo Indígena de Origen Colonial Cañamomo Lomaprieta en Ríosucio y Supía, Caldas, Colombia, fueron atacados por un nuevo actor armado que dañó los muros de los edificios comunitarios, y repartió panfletos con amenazas por debajo de las puertas de los hogares.
In a milestone for the defence of indigenous territories and forests in the Peruvian Amazon, the Regional Government of Ucayali (GOREU) has repealed a regional ordinance which sought to remove protections for more than 3.5 million hectares of rainforest and facilitate the invasion of indigenous lands.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, has concluded his visit to Peru stating he is “appalled” by the criminalisation of environmental defenders.
In December 2019, the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination published its Final Observations and Recommendations on Colombia. This follows the review carried out by CERD every five years to evaluate the progress made in the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
En diciembre de 2019, el Comité de Expertos de la ONU para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial publicó Observaciones Finales y Recomendaciones al Estado Colombiano, luego del examen que el CERD realiza cada cinco años para evaluar los avances en el cumplimiento de las obligaciones adquiridas por el Estado al ratificar la Convención para la Eliminación de Todas las Formas de Discriminación Racial.
Wampis and Awajun communities devastated by oil contamination demand justice as State-run oil company Petroperu is found responsible, and hit with historic US$ 5.1 million fine by environmental regulator.
In June 2014, an oil spill occurred along the Northern Peru pipeline. Over five years later and following a lengthy court battle, the indigenous communities most gravely impacted by this disaster have managed to secure approval and financing for an unprecedented health action plan.
On 4 October 2019, 23 community leaders from Colombia and Peru arrived in the village of Soledad on the foothills of the Kampankis Mountain range in the heart of the territory of the Wampis Nation in northern Peru.
On the 25 September 2019, two leaders of the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous people explained to the magistrates of Peru’s Constitutional Court why the community of Santa Clara de Uchunya were suing the Regional Government of Ucayali and its agricultural agency.
In 2018, Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice declared under judgement STC 4360 that the Amazon Rainforest is a subject with rights that need to be respected. It ordered that the state must take measures at the local and national levels to protect these rights, defend the forest and combat climate change.
En el año 2018, la Corte Suprema de Justicia declaró en virtud de la sentencia STC 4360 al bosque tropical del Amazonas como un “sujeto de derechos”, y que dichos derechos deben ser respetados.
In September 2019, our partner in Guyana, the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), published a report on the land tenure situation of 20 indigenous communities in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region.
Geneva, October 2019* The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, has provided Peru's Constitutional Tribunal with an expert legal briefing
Ginebra, Octubre de 2019*, la Relatora Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, Vicky Tauli Corpus ha enviado al Tribunal Cons
1 October 2019 saw a historic moment in Suriname. Two draft laws were submitted to the Minister of Regional Development: a proposal for a Collective Rights Act for Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Suriname (including land rights), and a proposal for an amendment of the constitution.
The situation of violence, discrimination and hate discourses against Forest Peoples Programme's indigenous, Afro-descendant and campesino partners in Colombia has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent months, despite the 2016 Peace Accords that won then president Santos a Nobel Peace Prize.
La situación de violencia, discriminación y discursos de odio contra indígenas, afrodescendientes y campesinos socios del Forest Peoples Programme en Colombia ha empeorado drásticamente en los últimos meses, a pesar de los Acuerdos de Paz de 2016 que le valieron al entonces presidente Santos el Premio Nobel de la Paz.